Violence engulfs West Darfur camp
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/18/21, 06:22 pm
The death toll from a conflict between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan now stands at about 130 people, including women and children. The latest bout of violence in West Darfur started when a fistfight broke out Friday at a camp for displaced people. It escalated and lasted until Sunday. Nearly 200 others suffered injuries, including newborn babies.
Why are they fighting? Arab ethnic groups make up a majority of the population of Sudan and have long clashed with non-Arabs in Darfur. Ousted President Omar al-Bashir faces war crimes charges for supporting the ethnic cleansing of non-Arabs in Darfur in the 2000s. The Sudanese Professionals Association, which led the 2019 uprising against al-Bashir, called on the country’s transition government to declare Darfur a disaster area.
Dig deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report in World Tour about the aftermath of the Sudanese coup.
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